Miscreants set fire to a bus at Tikatuli in the capital the night before the 36-hour blockade of BNP. According to the fire service, a staff bus of Delta Life Insurance was set on fire in front of the capital supermarket in Tikatuli at 10:30 on Monday night.
Later, the fire was brought under control with the efforts of two units of Sutrapur station of fire service.
Earlier, a passenger bus was set on fire on Nabinagar-Chandra highway in Ashulia at 7 pm.
Meanwhile, the Mohammadpur police station said that two Juba Dal workers were caught red-handed while setting fire to a Midline Paribahan bus at the Tinrasta intersection of Mohammadpur in the capital.
BNP has once again announced a nationwide blockade program to demand elections under a non-partisan government. Last Sunday, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the blockade from 6 am on Tuesday to 6 pm on Wednesday.
The BNP called a mass meeting in the capital on October 28 to demand the government’s resignation and elections under a caretaker government. Before the start of the rally, BNP leaders and workers clashed with the police. At that time, a policeman was killed in an attack by BNP leaders and workers. BNP leaders and activists attacked the Chief Justice’s residence and the Judges Complex and Rajarbagh Central Police Hospital.
Since the day after this incident, the party has been holding strike and blockade program almost continuously. In connection with the October 28 violence, the party’s general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and several central leaders were arrested.
BNP’s strike-blockade programs were also not peaceful. At this time, about three hundred vehicles were set on fire across the country.
The Election Commission has announced the schedule for the 12th National Assembly elections on November 15 amid the ongoing strike-blockade of BNP. According to the schedule, the vote will be held on January 7.
BNP rejected this schedule. Among the 44 registered political parties in the country, 29 political parties including Awami League-National Party are participating in the elections. And 15 parties including BNP are not in this election.
However, even though BNP is not in the election, many of the party’s former members of parliament are participating in the election with independent and other party nominations. BNP has already expelled these leaders and workers from the party.